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Picking apart democracy in Crow Wing County

I think the Crow Wing County board has made a mistake to get rid of elected offices. The offices now appointed will be the auditor and treasurer.
The auditor handles the elections, and now won't even be elected.
I don't think it matters that they are not "policy makers". The role of these offices is very important to our democracy especially since the auditor handles the voting.

If they want to save money they could turn off the fake bells or save money by using sprinkler system less or by saving energy other ways.

Transportation

My view, not anyone elses.

Do I think we should have a gas tax increase?
yes

Do I think a gas tax is regressive?
No, I think having gasoline is a bit of a luxury/addiction, especially when someone uses too much of it. Also gas tax goes directly to it's purpose of maintaining highways, so vehicles can stay in better shape.

Bottled Water

Recently I seen on Lakeland PTV that Bemidji State University student government decided to recommend banning sale of bottled water on campus.

I think the intent is good, however there can be unforeseen consequences.
I use filtered water instead of bottled water most of the time. The water from the faucet is usually as good a quality as bottled water anyway. It has less waste. Less transporting of water and bottles. Less weight to carry.

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